Ryan Briscoe has successful surgery on wrist following Toronto incident
Following being involved in an accident during the first of two race in Toronto, IZOD IndyCar Series driver Ryan Biscoe underwent surgery on his wrist.
INDYCAR orthopedic consultant Dr. Kevin Scheid performed the surgery, which included the fitting of a small t-plate and screws into the fracture on Briscoe’s distal radius bone. Briscoe will be evaluated in two days and then again on July 30,, at which point he is expected to be fitted for a carbon fiber splint.
“Big thanks to everybody at the Indiana Orthopedic Hospital for the great hospitality and speedy surgery,” Briscoe said. “Everybody at the hospital, and all of the INDYCAR medical staff, have done a great job taking good care of me and I can’t thank them enough. I’m feeling good and can’t wait to get back behind the wheel.”
Briscoe started the year focusing on the American Le-Mans Series Championship, however was tagged to drive some races for Panther Racing, beginning with Belle Isle.
“I’m multi-tasking still so it definitely makes it challenging,” Briscoe commented last week. “Just been hard, but the team has really looked after me and been able to acquire seats that I used last year so that was a big start with getting comfortable in the cockpit. Great groups of guys to work with, very professional.”
On lap 65 of the 85 lap event, Charlie Kimball would bounce off the curb in turn five, collecting Sebastian Saavedra. Briscoe would slow to avoid the pair when he would be clipped by Justin Wilson.
The Toronto circuit had brought Briscoe mixed results in the past as he has two top seven finishes, along with two finishes outside the top 15 in his four starts.
“I’d say the track is difficult because it’s quite bumpy and it’s got quite a few fast corners for a street course so that’s probably the hardest thing,” Briscoe says. “You’re switching tarmacs quite a bit around this circuit so you’re going from old concrete to new concrete to tarmac, and that’s make the set-up more challenging and adjusting your driving to it.”
How the injury will effect Briscoe’s schedule is yet to be announced. Indy Lights driver Carlos Munoz drove the No. 4 National Guard IndyCar for Sunday’s event in Toronto.